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J. Graham Knox

  • On August 17, 2018
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J. Graham Knox age 83 of Mt. Lebanon passed away Thursday, August 16, 2018.

He was the loving son of the late Francis and Boyd Knox of Perryopolis.

Beloved husband of Carol Knox for over 50 years; loving father of Kerry (Barry) Westerwick of Portsmouth, VA, Lisa (Harold) Dorman of Wewahitchka, FL, Pam England of Rolesville, NC, Erin (Dave) Martin of  Oakton, VA, Hilary (Will) Robinson of Richmond, VA and Graham (Kelli) Knox of Peters Township, PA; cherished grandfather of John, Tom, Lindsay, Matt, Andrew, Nate, Devin, Graham, Owen, Boyd, Claire, Xavier, Alexandra and Brody; adored great-grandfather of Noah, Maddie, Blakely, Carson, Gracelynn, and Ally; dear brother of Francis Laughner, Sue (Dick) Ullery and the late Jane Buchanan; brother in law of Suellen Fitzsimmons and Jeff and Sherry Sager; also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Graham was a man of great faith, studied the bible and was an active member in Bower Hill Church for almost 45 years. From being on session, an elder, a  deacon, a children’s Sunday school teacher and on the softball team to regularly attending worship until recently, some of his closest friendships were forged at Bower Hill.

Besides his home, being outdoors was Graham’s favorite place.  Never one to pass up a meal, one of his greatest pleasures was his wife’s cooking whether at home, on a picnic or at a campsite.  Camping was a family pastime and he spent more than one rainy night dealing with the family tent. His wit / dry sense of humor, selflessness and faith helped him through some of life’s hiccups and hurdles.  Graham was a lover of America, reading, Ireland, history and was a civil war buff, and was proud of his alma mater Arizona State.  After age 67, his life dream came true on a trip with his daughters / sons-in law to visit the family church in Northern Ireland.

A Verizon (Bell of Pennsylvania) retiree, Graham loved his job.  As a deeply patriotic and proud American, Graham was eternally grateful for our country’s military and very proud of his grandson, the Marine.  To his mother’s relief, the recruiting officer was at lunch the time that young Graham went to the military office for his one and only shot at enlisting.  As a college athlete, Graham loved sports, especially baseball and basketball.  While a youth soccer, baseball, softball and basketball coach for his children he taught his teams the true meaning of sportsmanship.  But most of all Graham enjoyed spending time with his family and attending sporting events for all of his children and grandchildren.

Composing a memorial statement about anyone is never an easy task. Writing one for my Dad, Graham, seems especially so. Dad has six children, each of whom has children and half of us have grandchildren. You can read their names nearby. That was the easy part. To name nieces and nephews, their children and grandchildren is nigh on impossible—yet each of them, save for the tiniest, knew their Uncle Graham. What they know—what we all know— is that he loved them.

Dad just plain loved his family. And we, his family, love him.

Though his last days were marred by a wretched disease that stole much of his memory, he was always aware that the faces smiling at him belonged to people who loved him. I believe the love he saw in our faces reassured him and gave him comfort.

When I learned that Dad had died, I hoped that we each had stood by him with unselfish love, just as he stood by us our whole lives.

We are Graham’s family, and that is as fine a memorial statement about any man one could find. Our relationship with Graham has changed. We now claim kinship with Dad more dearly, as a citizen of heaven who beholds God face to face.

We love him and we miss him.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, September 8 at Bower Hill Community Church, 70 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243www.bowerhillchurch.org(412-561-4114)

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bower Hill Community Church.

 

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24 Comments

Fred Berkelbaugh
  • Aug 17 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with you Carol and your whole family.
kelliann Morgan
  • Aug 20 2018
Erin and Family, What a beautiful tribute to your loving Father. He seemed like such a wonderful, spiritual person. Death is never easy, but may you take solace in the wonderful memories you have of him. Prayers,
Michele Kraus
  • Aug 20 2018
I am truly sorry for your loss! I will always remember his gentle demeanor and smile! Lots of fond memories of being with the Knox family as a child at my "second home". My heart and prayers are with you all at this time!
Kathleen Kumer
  • Aug 20 2018
I’m so sorry to hear about your loss, Knox family. Saying prayers and sending love.
Sherry Sager
  • Aug 20 2018
Dearest Erin and Family, Your beautiful memorial of your dear father is crystalline and clear----no hyperbole, only the simple and honest truth----J. Graham Knox was a good man.
Debra Bortz Shelestak
  • Aug 20 2018
Carol, Erin, Hillary, Graham, and families, I am truly sorry to hear of Graham’s passing. Despite his illness and the memory loss, saying goodbye for now must be so very sad. It breaks my heart knowing that you all are grieving. He was such a sweet, kind, gentle, smart and funny man and he will be missed. The good news is that he is with God and all family and friends who’ve gone before him. He is healthy and happy and full of joy. And you, and us, will see him again one day. I pray that until that day arrives, you all find comfort in all the precious memories. Love to you all! ??????????????
Janet White
  • Aug 20 2018
Dear Erin and Family, So sorry to hear that you have lost your Dad. We pray that a God will grant you His peace. We are thinking of you and sending hugs. Our love, Jan, Mark, Jack, Emily & Ashleigh
Karen DiSandro
  • Aug 20 2018
My family and I mourn with you. Graham, Sr. was a wonderful friend. So kind to everyone, and so proud of his wife and children and grandchildren. We have lost another one of the good guys, but remember him fondly with love and respect. Your memorial tribute above was a heartfelt remembrance of a truly good man. Love and hugs to all of you. Karen DiSandro and family
Kristi Hunt
  • Aug 21 2018
Dear Erin and family - I am so sorry for your loss. The touching memorial statement painted a picture of a beloved, engaged, committed, and inspiring father. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve his loss and give thanks for him.
Kieran Hughes
  • Aug 21 2018
Erin, my condolences to you and your family. A wonderful tribute to someone who clearly meant a lot to you and your family and who held each of you close. May the road rise to meet him, the wind be always at his back and until we meet again, may God hold him in the palm of his hand. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam .
Susan Christopher
  • Aug 21 2018
What a wonderful tribute to a very loved man. We are so sorry for your loss and are keeping you in our prayers. Much love, the Christopher’s
Rosalind Blair
  • Aug 21 2018
We have always admired Graham as a loving husband and father to all of his children. We are sorry that he has had to go through the struggles that he and you have had in these last years. God bless you and your family! Much love, Rosalind and Jim Blair.
Carolanne Oneil
  • Aug 22 2018
He was a truly blessed man to have you all in his life. One can only hope to be honored with such a caring Tribute. We'll be thinking of you and your family. Lots of love, The O'Neil Family
pamela johnson
  • Aug 23 2018
Dear dear Knox family. You are well loved. I am privileged to have called Graham Knox a friend. Blessings, peace, love and light to all of you. A life well lived Ase'.
Elaine and Jim Warren
  • Aug 24 2018
To the Knox family. Graham was probably the most Christian man I ever knew. We fondly remember him always give eulogies at church. He did it with such grace. He was truly a man of God.
Susan & Dean Morrow Dick Puhlman ( a friend now reunited with Graham!!)
  • Aug 24 2018
Dearest Carol and Family~ Graham was God's blessing for all of us that were lucky enough to have him in our lives. But we also know that he touched anyone who casually knew Graham and Carol. They welcomed everyone with a graciousness that showed on their faces. Graham's love for his family and his God extended to everyone he met. His presence will be missed, but we will always carry his love in our hearts. Thank you, Graham, for you!!!
Marilyn Long
  • Aug 26 2018
Carol and family, You have my deepest sympathy in the loss of your dear husband. Never having known him, I still feel his loss since I knew how much you and your family loved this special person. I enjoyed reading this tribute and will celebrate his life with you all. May God be very close in the grieving process as you go through the "firsts" of life without him in the days to come. Much love, Marilyn
Maria Cimino
  • Aug 27 2018
Dear Erin and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I know your hearts are heavy now, but rest assured your Dad knew what he meant to you, as well as all of you knowing what you meant to him. The loving tribute his family put together is true evidence of that. It seems that sometimes there just comes a time when they just can’t fight anymore, and when you just can’t ask them to fight anymore. It’s very difficult and it breaks your heart, but they simply need a rest. May you all have peace with the love you have in your hearts for him. Maria Cimino, West Chester, PA
Garee Buttermore
  • Aug 27 2018
Dear Carol, Sue and all, Sad news... Graham was my best friend during high school and early college. Lots of wonderful and happy memories of our fun times together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
F. Lynn Foltz
  • Aug 27 2018
Knox's -- if it wasn't Indian Princesses, it could have been after a Bower Hill Church softball game -- or was it smiling at Graham when he was an usher on Sunday morning at Church ?...no matter where or when -- no matter good times or bad times -- he always had a loving smile and a word of encouragement..as a friend -- he was always there for you -- if you knew him as a friend -- you are a fortunate person
Christian Pelusi
  • Aug 28 2018
To all of the Knox family, Growing up I was lucky enough to have all of you in my life as part of our close-knit soccer team community. All of you are such kind, warm, generous people and I am so very sorry for the passing of Mr. Knox. Such a wonderful guy. Know that you are in my thoughts in these most difficult times.
Mark and Betty Pelusi
  • Aug 28 2018
We were surprised and saddened to hear about Graham's death. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. It was a pleasure to have known Graham through the Soccer Lazer Team and to have shared many games on the side-lines and good times together.
Tony Benintend
  • Aug 28 2018
We send our condolences to the entire Knox family. It is truly a loss to another family. We enjoyed having "Big Graham" as a member and that is the Laser Soccer families. His loss saddens all of us parents, players and siblings alike. We extend our sympathy to his family especially Carol and Graham who joined us for the many years we spent together and continue to keep in touch. Our prayers and thoughts are with your family.
Lucy Serio
  • Sep 5 2018
My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. May God give you peace in the days ahead and wonderful memories to enjoy until you see him again.
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